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The neighbours must love Pink Floyd

July 11, 2012

“I am tired and will go to bed early” said that nice lady decorator as we took a late afternoon trip into Antibes on the train to buy something or other which was very important to one of us, but for the life of me I cannot recall what it was. As I write it is coming up to 2am and I can hear her listening to Pink Floyd in the pav at neighbour-incensing volume whilst I try to get the earplugs to block out the cacophony. I like Pink Floyd in small doses and at sensible volume, neither of which I am hearing at the moment. In fact I cannot hear my own brain. The gendarmes will surely be here soon to put me and the rest of Valbonne out of its misery. That, or I will have to bail her out again tomorrow.

On the way back on the train from Antibes, after a couple of pints of Murphy’s and several Desporado’s respectively at the Blue Lady, we decided to stop at the very French Mouans Sartoux for dinner, and very good it was as well, and at 50% of what it would have cost in Valbonne during this, the tourist season. It was at this point that she got the second wind.

Earlier, tennis had been postponed because try as I might, I could find no one willing to partner Mr Clipbeard. That he is boring and a poor tennis player is not how I would describe him, although there are others that would. Another court has been booked for this evening and so far I have six rejections of the opportunity to partner him. Perhaps I can find someone who does not know him.

My picture today was taken beside the stream that runs behind the Auberge de la Source in Sophia Antipolis on our daily march to throw off the effects of Riviera living.

A walk along the river

So now there is barely two weeks to go before the rain will stop in England as I leave the Channel Tunnel and land on English soil for the forseeable future. I am certain that my arrival back will see the sun emerge from those pesky clouds and all will be well, in fact I predict more hose pipe bans by the end of August. I am often asked how I will deal with the enforced move back and I say “badly”. There is some small solace in that Arundel looks beautiful, the Arundel Festival looks like a mini Edinburgh Festival and the house we are buying has a small garden with a gate into the next doors pub garden, so, I don’t even have to go off my property before I get to a pub. If it has wifi, or if my wifi reaches the bar then I think I know where my new office reception area will be.

You may think that living in the UK for much of the rest of the year might interfere with my missionary work on behalf of Currencies Direct, but nothing could be further. From the truth. I have converted almost everyone in Valbonne, a task made easier now as the rate is now above 1.26 euros to the pound, but if I have missed anyone click on this link. Arundel offers a whole new market for me to exploit. There will be any number of locals dreaming about moving to France after the recent “summer weather” they have been experiencing, and I will be on hand to help guide them through the foreign exchange process.

There will be other rewards, proper real ale will be readily available, as will sausages, and Lords will be more easily accessible in mid August for the Test Match against South Africa, but I shall be hanging on to the thought that we shall be back in Valbonne for a last fling in late August before hunkering down for the winter.

Chris France

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Rev. Jeff permalink
    July 11, 2012 11:47 am

    I wouldn’t get too excited about the forthcoming Test series against South Africa. I’m predicting a complete washout based on what’s coming out of the Met office. Never mind there’s always the over hyped and over costly olympics to look forward to. Glad I’m down your way for August and will avoid it.


    • July 11, 2012 12:48 pm

      No, you are quite wrong about the weather. I have ordered sunny and dry for August. You are right about the Olympis though, over hyped and over there.


  2. Rev. Jeff permalink
    July 11, 2012 1:28 pm

    Is your move over here permanent or just for a limited period until you can reside in France again ?


    • July 11, 2012 2:22 pm

      I am waiting for a ruling from the French tax authorities. Depending on what happens I shall either have to stay out of France for more than 6 months in each of this year and next, or I will be able to come and go as I please, so, not sure really!


  3. Rev. Jeff permalink
    July 11, 2012 3:31 pm

    Well even if it’s the former at least it’s only for a couple of years so not too bad. Hope it goes your way.


  4. July 26, 2012 11:23 pm

    You are a very capable person!


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